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The Killing (Cherub #4)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  8,373 ratings  ·  215 reviews
The latest riveting installment of an action-packed spy adventure series has a striking new look!

CHERUB agents are highly trained, extremely talented—and all under the age of seventeen. For official purposes, these agents do not exist. They are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists, hack into crucial documents, and gather intel on global threats—all
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Simon Pulse (first published October 1st 2005)
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Logan Barnett
1) I decided to read this book because I started reading the other books in the CHERUB series over the 2013 Christmas holidays and got this book over the school holidays this year. I also read it because it falls under the 'Three Written Responses' column.
2) I really liked the setting in this book at the bottom of the stairs near James's apartment block. I liked it because this is where Will fell to his death a year earlier. It is also where they get some evidence to jail some of the crooks.
Llama's rule (not Aaron Francis)
This book was one of the best cherub books. First of all I read this book in 2 days which meant I was totally addicted to it. James Adams is sent in the find enough information to bust some criminals in a robbery. However everything turns out wrong. The police are the bad guys and the criminals are also bad. The only person who might know of the robbery is a 18 year boy called Will. The only problem is that Will had accidentally fell of a roof top and died around a year before the mission. Howev ...more
not bad, but didn't produce the sort of adrenaline rush I got form reading maximum security and the nausea of reading about girls from a stereotypical guys p.o.v. further killed the enjoyment factor.
Joana Aleixo
Okay I really like this books. I got to say that I envy this children a bit (not the the whole orphan thing of course) but I love CHERUB! The campus is amazing and I love all the stuff that they learn there. Self defense, fighting, and the training ... it must be hard but it's so awesome!!! I wish I could learn to do all of those badass things.

The parts in these books that I love the most is not the missions and all those adventures. The apart that I really love is when they are at the CH
James Adams is a 13 year old Cherub agent, which is part of the British Intelligence called M15. This group of agents is trained to complete missions that are minor, drug dealers to major, like a national threat. The reason that children are used for these missions is because they will not be suspected (like an adult) of spying. This group of agents is able to solve many crimes that adults cannot. James has some normal teenage issues, i.e. his girlfriend dumps him, he picks on other kids and he ...more
Adam Towers
Jul 26, 2013 Adam Towers rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aliens
Recommended to Adam by: Aliens
I decided to read The Killing by Robert Muchamore because I read the three books in the series before this one and they were great. My friend said the whole series was awesome so I thought I better read this book.

This book fills in the category on the wide reading bingo board “ YOUR OWN CHOICE!”. I love this category because it is super easy. Also it is something that I will actually like to read. Although it doesn't show much ' wide reading'.

My favourite character is James (main character). He
Nels Paulson
Excellent series. Take the time frame that Harry Potter books write in (he ages from 12-18 over the series) and instead of a world of Fantasy make it a world of Spy craft. This Basically is children being James Bond or Jason Borne and based on each book everything seems fairly realistic. The one thing I appreciated over the entirety of the series is the fact that the characters actually grow and deal with puberty. It adds a layer that makes the series more teen appropriate than the Harry potter ...more
Cherub : The Killing

Currently I read a book named Cherub: The Killing by Robert Muchamore. This is the fourth book of the cherub series and it is a great to just sit down with and read. It's always going to keep you at the edge of you seat. This series is based around children acting as secret agents and in this book James has to go on a mission to investigate a "suicide".
In this mission James has go it hard. His friends have gone for vacation his girlfriend broke up with him, and all his frie
Morgan Gao
Great, Great, Great. I love it. The blog for the book was awesome so I knew that it was going to be great. The plot was great because that Will Clarke fell of the roof and he might if been the only one that new about the Golden Sun Casino robbery. Michael Patel is a sergeant in the Metropolitan Police Department and is well known to be a "good cop" but it turns out he is accused of the murder of Will Clarke and robbery of the casino. Leon Tarasov is a small time crook who has been hiding his luc ...more
Alice Of Wonderland
First of all, I'm going to tell you that the synopsis tells you more than what the plot tells you. And that is the truth. I didn't know about Will (the eighteen year old boy who is also dead) until Will was brought up somewhere in 1/3 or 1/2 mark of The Killing.

James is an angry kid. He has anger issues. Truthfully, I didn't really care about that even though he is immature, overconfident, arrogant, and swag fourteen year old. Well, he is almost fourteen years old. Anyway, his "anger issues" wer
I think that this book isn't as good as the other ones from the Cherub series. On this one, there is much less actions then on the other ones. And James (the main character of the book) has lost all of his friends because of his temper. This time, the mission involves only him and a seventeen years old which is probably more worried about his attractiveness then the mission. But when the mission which is ranked "Low Risk" comes to a murder, the cherubs decide it's time to send backup...
Astrid 1998
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Pete Grimm
Would you like to be a secret agent? Would you like to make new friends every three months then just leave like that and no one ever know you existed? Well then you would like the book The Killing by Robert Muchamore. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. This book was a good exciting book but at the beginning the story it was a little slow it dragged on about James and his love life for too long. Other than that this book was great. I really liked how much detail the missions go into. For exampl ...more
SUPER SEXY TIME! The stuff on campus and the romance was stepped up a lot in this book. Plus, the mission was spectacular and especially twisty at the end. The book was tense and exciting, an on-the-edge-of-your-seat-spy-thriller! READ IT!
Really good book but Dana was just plain old wierd
This book is great for those who like action/adventure books. It's about a 12 year old British boy named James who gets sent out on covert missions by the MI5 group called CHERUB. This mission had James stalk a man who robbed a casino and a man who threw a teenager off the roof of a building. Muchamore gives great details in the book about how the inner workings of CHERUB were able to track down these criminals. He keeps the characters in a fast paced mood throughout most of the book, though som ...more
James has accomplished many missions throughout his experience at Cherub. In the novel the killing James mission was to discover who killed Willi. James accomplished his mission by discovering that officer Patel was the murder and that Leon was an accomplice to the murder of Willi (his nephew). James found out that officer Patel had killed Willi, and he didn’t just die because he fell of a roof. James was able to arrest him when Leon was talking to Patel and said that Patel had pushed Willi off ...more
Mám cherubovské knížky ráda! :3
Holiday Book:

They call in Cherub, a secret organisation with one essential advantage. Even experienced criminals never suspect that children are spying on them. Leon is a small time crook who's ridden his luck for 30 years. When he starts playing with big money, the cops are desperate to know where it came from. James begins to unravel isn't what anyone has expected. And the only person who might know the truth is a 18 year old boy who fell to his death 13 months earlier. I love this book so muc
Un coktail d'humour, d'action, de bonne humeur !

Apres avoir lu de nombreuses critiques, j'ai appris que ce tome la était un des meilleurs, ou le meilleurs selon les lecteurs.
Pour ma part, je l'ai trouvé pas mal du tout. On retrouve les mêmes personnages mais plus approfondis, ce qui est plaisant, avec toujours le style d'écriture fluide, agréable de l'auteur. Cette fois ci, il ne fait pas dans la dentelle : meurtres, combat, trafic de drogue, Muchamore met tout en oeuvre pour nous captiver, et
Chloe Keat Wilson
I decided to read this book firstly of it's popularity and I had also read a good review on it. I really like the blurb at the back of the book and the cover which I do admit caught my eye. I am pretty sure that the genre is utopia and I thought it would be good to read it because it's the opposite to the genre I usually read.

An interesting character would have to be James Adams the main character a kid spy. He's a Black shirt which is like wearing a black belt in Karate so he yeah is a top spy
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In this fourth installment of the Cherub series, James Adams, age 13, continues to attempt to balance the rigors of working for the secret service with the equally grueling challenges of pubescence. CHERUB is a secret and specialized arm of British Intelligence that uses only tweens and teens – all recruited from orphanages and exhibiting exceptional intelligence and talents – to serve as undercover agents against organized crime, terrorism, and unusual cases. The organization has existed for 50 ...more
This book is another book in the CHERUB series. In this book james goes under cover with a 17 year old agent and has to get to the bottum of a car sales scam theft thing. Only there did they find out that there was also a murdur. One of the poliece pushed a person off a roof because he was blackmailing him because they were all in a casino robery. He pushed him of the roof of the building and tryed to cover it up.

I can make a text to text connection to this book. this book is about a kid that
James Adams is a 13-year-old agent in Cherub, a secret branch of British Intelligence’s MI5. All Cherub agents are orphans between the ages of 10 and 17 who have undergone specialized and intense undercover training. This book is the fourth in the series, yet it stands alone well. James has already participated in three spy missions and loves the excitement and danger they bring. This time around James’ mission is simple: befriend the kids of a small-time crook who has received a lot of money fr ...more
In this fourth installment of the Cherub series, James Adams, age 13, continues to attempt to balance the rigors of working for the secret service with the equally grueling challenges of pubescence. CHERUB is a secret and specialized arm of British Intelligence that uses only tweens and teens – all recruited from orphanages and exhibiting exceptional intelligence and talents – to serve as undercover agents against organized crime, terrorism, and unusual cases. The organization has existed for 50 ...more
Chris D.
I really enjoyed the book CHERUB Mission 4: The Killing by Robert Muchamore. This book is about James Aadams in 2005 and the book starts off at CHERUB campus until James gets recruited for a mission to catch a car stealer and casino robbers. Once James arrived there he had to make friends with the car stealer's son and daughter. On the mission James makes new friends, gets a girlfriend, and catches the casino robbers. Also during all that they begin to unravel a murder.

This book is told in a 3
The Killing, The fourth book in the series, is another mission that James must complete. When he hears the information about the mission, its seems very routine, make friends with the kids and then spy on the people that come in and out of Leon's house (He is the bad guy in the book). When he gets to the mission he learns that there is a lot more than just spying on his house. He learns that the only person that could uncover the mystery, or really just solve the crime, is an eight-teen year ol ...more
The Killing is part of the 'Cherub' series by Robert Muchamore. Cherub are a group of children who work undercover to assist the security forces. Technically they don't exist. This is the first Cherub book I've read and I found it to be very enjoyable, actually it was very exciting especially as it is a children's book. In fact it was so exciting I had to spend part of my lunchtime finishing it off to find out what happened.

The plot concerns some of the members of Cherub going under cover to inf
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James adams: a 13 old with blonde hair. he is confident and outgoing he is extremely good at maths. he is also an aggressive child that responds easily to violence. he is also a little out of of control on his emotions. we like James as he is an interesting person and he is strong a player with girls and he does well on missions and what he does in the missions is interesting.

David moss: a 17 year old thats confident and smart. Dave has a quick temper but a cool head
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Cherub (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Recruit (Cherub, #1)
  • Class A (Cherub, #2)
  • Maximum Security (Cherub, #3)
  • Divine Madness (Cherub, #5)
  • Man vs. Beast (Cherub, #6)
  • The Fall (Cherub, #7)
  • Mad Dogs (Cherub, #8)
  • The Sleepwalker (Cherub, #9)
  • The General (Cherub, #10)
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